Department of School Education & Literacy

Mr. R. Bhattacharya
Secretary

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Vision

To fully harness the nation's human potential by providing quality school education to all

Mission

  1. Reinforce the national and integrative character of education in partnership with States/UTs.
  2. Improve quality and standards of school education and literacy towards building a society committed to Constitutional values. 
  3. Provide free and compulsory quality education to all children at elementary level as envisaged under the RTE Act, 2009
  4. Universalise opportunities for quality secondary education. e. Establish a fully literate society. 

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The essence and role of education articulated in the National Policy on Education (NPE), 1986/92 continues to be relevant even 25 years after its formulation. NPE states:

  • In our national perception education is essentially for all. This is fundamental to our all-round development.
  • Education has an acculturating role. It refines sensitivities and perceptions that contribute to national cohesion, a scientific temper and independence of mind and spirit - thus furthering the goals of socialism, secularism and democracy enshrined in our Constitution.
  • Education develops manpower for different levels of the economy. It is also the substrate on which research and development flourish, being the ultimate guarantee of national self-reliance.
  • In sum, education is a unique investment in the present and the future. This cardinal principle is the key to the National Policy on Education

In 2010 the country achieved a historic milestone when Article 21-A and the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 became operative on 1st April 2010. The enforcement of Article 21-A and the RTE Act represented a momentous step forward in our country’s struggle for universalising elementary education. The RTE Act is anchored in the belief that the values of equality, social justice and democracy and the creation of a just and humane society can be achieved only through provision of inclusive elementary education to all.  

In keeping with the vision of providing education of equitable quality to fully harness the nation’s human potential, the Department has laid down the following objectives to:

  • Reinforce the national and integrative character of education in partnership with States/UTs.
  • Improve quality and standards of school education and literacy towards building a society committed to Constitutional values.
  • Universalise elementary education in keeping with the rights conferred under the RTE Act.
  • Universalise opportunities for quality secondary education.
  • Establish a fully literate society.

 

  1. Expansion of quality elementary education facilities with special attention to SCs/STs/ Minorities/ Physically Handicapped and other Vulnerable Sections of society
  2. Strengthening and expansion of quality secondary education with focus on access to secondary school facility for SCs/STs/ Minorities/ Physically Handicapped and other Vulnerable Sections of society.
  3. Promotion of literacy and skill development to create a fully literate society
  4. Formulating policy and carrying out institutional, systemic and functional reforms across school education and adult education.
  5. Structural and functional reforms
  6. International cooperation in the field of literacy
Outcome/ Impact of department/ ministry Jointly responsible for influencing this outcome / impact with the following department (s) / ministry(ies) Success Indicator Unit FY 11/12 FY 12/13 FY 13/14 FY 14/15 FY 15/16
1. Improved quality of Adult Education National Literacy Mission Authority, State Literacy Mission Authorities, Directorate of Adult Education and Panchayati Raj Institutions in States, Directorate of Adult Education, Jan Shikshan Sansthans, SRC Adults covered under Equivalency programme (in lakh) No. 0 0 0.25 0.50 0.50
    Adults covered in Skill Development programmes (in lakh) No. 4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
2. Increase in attendance in schools Ministry of Food & FCI State Governments/ UTs Children covered under MDM % 72 73 74 75 75
    Average number of days MDM served in a year in primary/ upper primary schools No. 200/220 200/220 200/220 200/220 200/220
3. Enhance availability of high quality teachers State Governments/ UTs Teachers trained (in lakh) No. 40 40 40 39 38.80
    Availability of new trained teachers No. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
4. Free and compulsory elementary education State Education Departments
Children enrolled in elementary 
education in the age-group 6-14- Primary
% 114 113 112 111 111
   
Children enrolled in elementary 
education in the age-group 6-14- Primary
% 85 87 89 91 95
5. Secondary Education State Education Departments GER in secondary schools % 62.7 67 70 72 75

 

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